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Stella King Wilson

May 21, 1918 - July 16, 2018
From: Dickens, IA
Stella King Wilson

Stella King Wilson

Born: May 21, 1918
Died: July 16, 2018
Age: 100

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Stella King Wilson, 100, a longtime resident of rural Dickens, passed away on July 16, 2018.

She was born on May 21, 1918, on a farm in Logan Township in Clay County, Iowa, the daughter of John Chester and Bessie King.

     Stella began her education at a rural country school a mile from her childhood home. She graduated from Dickens High School, where she was class valedictorian, and attended the American Institute of Business in Des Moines. She worked as a bookkeeper at Hart Motors in Spencer and as Deputy Clay County Auditor for three years before her marriage.

     She married Donald Wilson on July 11, 1944. When they married, Donald and Stella moved to their farm south of Dickens, where they lived together for over 70 years and where Stella continued to live until she was 99 1/2 years old. In farming, as in so many other ways, they made a good team, as he did the farming, and she kept the farm books.

     She was an active member of the Dickens United Methodist Church, where she was the church pianist and organist for over 60 years. During that time, she played for hundreds of church programs, weddings and funerals. She also taught Sunday school and was a member and past officer of the Dickens United Methodist Women.

     Stella enjoyed many lifelong friendships and was a member of the same Wednesday afternoon “club” for over 60 years. And for over 50 years, until age forced the group to disband, she and Donald went out on Saturday nights with a group of lifelong friends. She also very much enjoyed living close to and being an active part of the lives of her parents, her brother, and her two sisters.

     She devoted much of her time and energy to her children and grandsons, who she loved to be with. To make sure these younger generations knew their ancestry, she researched and documented both sides of the family history. She also made sure they were never without chocolate chip cookies when they came to her house.

     Stella was a devoted wife and mother. Left to cherish her memory are her son, Wayne Wilson of Dickens, IA; her daughter Marilyn Wilson of Fresno, CA; and her daughter Dorothy and son-in-law Larry Dowell of Lakewood, IL. She is also survived by her four beloved grandsons (“the boys”) who brought her immense joy throughout her life: Chad Binder and his wife, DeAnna, of San Antonio, TX; Todd Binder and his wife, Meredith, of Bethel, CT; Grant Binder and his wife, Elizabeth, of Burlington, VT; and Ross Binder of Minneapolis, MN.

     She also leaves behind by six great-grandchildren: Lucas and Calum Binder (CT); Carmen and Cole Binder (TX); and Hudson and Willa Binder (VT); three step-grandchildren: Sheryl Mark (FL), Brent Dowell (NV) and Greg Dowell (IL); three step great-grandchildren: Zoe, Sophie and Trevor Dowell (IL); and six nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 71 years, Donald; her brother, Cecil King; her sisters, Dora Hansen and Grace Hynes; and many other close family and friends.


               Memorials may be directed to the Dickens Fire Department.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 P.M,. Saturday, July 21, 2018 at the Warner Chapel in Spencer.
Pastor John Syvertson
Chad Binder
Todd Binder
Grant Binder
Ross Binder
Dean Hansen
Larry King
Visitation will begin 5:00 P.M., Friday, July 20th with the family present from 5 to 7:00 P.M., Friday Evening at the Warner Funeral Home in Spencer.
ORGANIST: Sherry Groenewold
SOLOIST: Gary Klett

SOLO: "How Great Thou Art"

"What A Friend We Have In Jesus"
"I'll Fly Away"
Dickens Cemetery
Dickens, Iowa

A time of fellowship will be held at the Dickens Community Building following the graveside services.


Sunday, July 29, 2018 at 11:19 AM
“On behalf of the Glenn and Wanda (Moore) Toland family - - Norman (deceased), Nancy, Clark and Gregg, condolences, memories and prayers are extended to the loved ones of Stella King Wilson. Stella and Dora told me years ago that Orpha and Grace Toland (Glenn's sisters) were among their best friends when they were young girls prior to marriage. I can see in my mind's eye Stella at the piano of Dickens Methodist Church. Younger brother Gregg is brother-in-law to Dean and Joan Hanson, Eddie and Dora's son.
Regrets but fond memories of Stella, the King families and old friends and neighbors in and around Dickens. Clark Toland”
- Clark Toland
Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 7:49 AM
“So very sorry to hear about the death of Stella. Much sympathy and prayers for all of you.”
- Nita Hargrave Richards
Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 3:12 PM
“Stella was the mother who always had chocolate chip cookies and French toast to eat whenever I stayed overnight with Dorothy. She also knew how to make a good ponytail from my hair. I was always envious of the clothes she sewed for Dorothy to start each new school year. And she always asked about my family during those visits-a gracious hostess! Glad that you had so many good years and memories with Stella as your mom. I know you will miss her. Valorie”
- Valorie Walstrom Schuelke
Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 8:12 AM
“Marilyn, Dorothy, and Wayne, Please accept our condolences on your mom's passing, remembering Stella and Don are a chunk of my growing up memories and I have enjoyed keeping up with bits and pieces of your family the last few years through Facebook. Stella was one of the last of my Dad's generation in the Dickens area.
I have been gone for years but last saw them a Dickens Fireman's Breakfast several years ago in the old location. What an achievement to reach 100 years! Please hold dear to all your memories. ”
- John Payne Jones
Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 8:11 AM
“So sorry to hear of Stella's passing. Lean in to God at this difficult time. Jim and Jan Rusk”
- Jan Rusk
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at 6:45 PM
“Wayne, Marilyn, "the boys" and Dorothy, I'm sending my sympathy. Keep all the good memories for stormy days. Judy Langholz
- Judy Langholz
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at 3:41 PM
“We are so sorry for your loss, keep your memories close to your heart. ”
- Home Instead Senior Care
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at 11:16 AM
“My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Stella will be missed, cherish the memories.”
- Lavon Montgomery
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 8:57 PM
“to Marilyn, Forothy, Wayne and families. Blessings as you prepare to honor the lady who means the world to you. May you find comfort in knowing you loved her well and brought her such joy. Thank God for creating Stella Wilson to be the matriarch of your family and for giving her a long life but even 100 years can seem too little when the one you love is so dear. Love never ends. Her legacy and the lessons she taught will live on in all of you. God’s peace, La Bonne Salton and Gary Anderson ”
- LaVonne Salton and Gary Anderson
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